Healthy Diplomat: Vegan, no sugar added hot cocoa that actually tastes good!

If you were either intrigued or not scared off by the title of this post, thank you for taking a peek!

In my last post, I offered a simple recipe for indulgent spiked hot chocolate.  While one could easily make it vegan by substituting a non-dairy milk – such as almond, soy, or coconut – I’d like to offer now a version for those watching their sugar intake and avoiding dairy.

If you have read any of my previous posts, you probably noticed that I have no real sensitivities to dairy (much less anything against it) and have not avoided sugar.  However, I have on several occasions participated in the Whole Life Challenge, which “bans” sugar and most dairy products (along with wheat and most processed foods).  I was inspired to create a cocoa that was compliant with this diet, and this version complies and totals only about 50 Calories per 8 oz. (220 mL) serving.  So instead of reaching for an artificially sweetened diet hot cocoa box mix, try this one.  Feel free to substitute your favorite non-dairy milk, though I find that coconut milk really doesn’t work well in this recipe.  The almond, in my opinion, is the perfect pairing.

Healthy Diplomat's vegan hot cocoa

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 8 oz. (220 mL) unsweetened almond milk (preferably vanilla flavored)
  • 2 heaping teaspoons (about 3/4 tbsp.) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tsp. stevia or naturally derived fruit sugar substitute/sweetener (recommended:   Truvia brand) to taste

Heat the almond milk until it begins to steam and approaches the boiling point; whisk in the vanilla, stevia, and cocoa powder.  If desired, add 1 tsp. chopped or ground unsweetened chocolate.  When all ingredients are incorporated, serve with an optional dash of ground nutmeg.

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